Kasey sings through the pain barrier
SINGER-SONGWRITER Kasey-Michelle Curwen does not know if and when she might be forced to end her musical career.
Hopefully that day will never come. But if it does, the 20-year-old does not want to have any regrets.
After being diagnosed with an extremely rare, life-threatening illness Kasey-Michelle is wasting no time in making her music dreams a reality before it is too late.
The Chuwar student said her life took an unfortunate turn last year, when doctors diagnosed her with Superior Mesenteric Artery (SMA) syndrome.
The gastro-vascular disorder is so uncommon, that only about 400 cases have ever been reported in English-speaking medical literature.
"I cried the day doctors informed me of my condition," Kasey-Michelle said. "It's had a massive impact on my life and put boundaries on what I can and can't do.
"A number of people diagnosed with SMA have to rely on feeding tubes to survive and are in constant, excruciating pain.
"I'm just grateful that as long as I eat correctly - which is pretty much a diet of mushy food - I can still live a fairly normal life.
One aspect of Kasey-Michelle's life that luckily remains unaffected is her ability to write music and sing on stage.
She has been a regular performer at The Plough Inn at South Bank, The Brisbane Festival and the Brisbane Powerhouse.
Currently studying a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland University of Technology, the talented young musician said she was using her final piece of assessment to help kick start her career.
The assessment requires students to organise and perform their own stage show. Adding to the task, Kasey-Michelle said she was also producing an EP of her original music and would use the stage show as a platform to launch her album.
"When I was diagnosed, the fact that I could suddenly end up in hospital put everything in perspective," she said,
"It made me realise that I need to accomplish everything I can before anything more serious happens."
Kasey-Michellesaid her launch performance would take place at Ipswich's Studio 188 on October 4, at 7pm.